Everyone's Debating What Prince Harry Whispered to Meghan Markle at the Altar

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:02
<p>On Saturday <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally got married</a>. Throughout the last few months the world has become engrossed in their relationship, reveling in every detail of how they met, fell in love, and subsequently <a href="" target="_blank">planned their wedding</a>.</p><p>And though all this, it became difficult to remember that at the end of the day these really are just two people in love. Though, at the wedding, Harry reminded the world of that fact by whispering something sweet to his bride.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Watch Prince Charles Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle After Heartbreak With Her Dad</a></p><p>According to reports, just as Meghan made her way to the altar Harry turned to her and simply asked, “Are you ok?” Then, many believe he added, “You look amazing,” and bit his lower lip to choke back tears of joy.</p><p>People of course lost it over the romantic moment on social media.</p><p>However, it’s what Harry said next that has people a little bit more divided.</p><p>After telling his bride she looks amazing, some believed he added “I am so lucky.”</p><p>Others, however, thought he added, “You look so beautiful.”</p><p>But, a few people believed Harry let a less-than-royal statement slip as they thought he may have let his bride know just how nervous he was by telling her “I’m shitting it.”</p><p>Whatever he said, it made Meghan smile, so clearly she enjoyed it. The pair then went on to have an extremely joyous and laughter-filled ceremony, which will undoubtedly live on for some time in fans' memories.</p>
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6 Meghan Markle Wedding Day Makeup Essentials to Keep in Your Bag at All Times

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 14:33
<p>On Saturday, Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry looking every bit the royal bride.</p><p>Not only did her <a href="" target="_blank">Givenchy dress</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">borrowed crown jewels</a> make her shine, but her effortless makeup made Meghan look absolutely radiant.</p><p>As <em><a href=";utm_medium=social-media&amp;utm_campaign=socialflowTWELM" target="_blank">Elle</a></em> described, Meghan kept things simple by wearing her signature soft smokey eye, curled long lashes, pronounced brows, and just a soft nude lip. This ensured Meghan not only looked beautiful for her big day, but also still looked like herself. Indeed, her tiny freckles even showed through, proving she wasn’t wearing much makeup at all.</p><p>Lydia Sellers, Markle's makeup artist who worked with her from 2015 to 2017, predicted Meghan’s look a few weeks ago, telling <a href="" target="_blank">People</a> in an interview that Meghan "will go with a classic, timeless look similar to what we have seen her wear lately." She added, "Natural, dewy-looking skin, with her freckles peeking through, a sheer pink lip and a daytime smokey eye with beautiful volume in her lashes."</p><p>Want to get the same look? Here’s what Meghan was likely wearing, and how you can get a matching style too.</p><h2>Foundation: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=572622.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=10002&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank">Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk</a></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to Sellers</a>, Meghan has a deep and unabiding love for <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=572622.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=10002&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank">Armani Luminous Silk Foundation</a> because it allows for a lightweight finish and gives that perfect “no makeup” look.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=572622.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=10002&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank"></a>, $64</p><h2>Blush: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";" target="_blank">Nars Orgasm Blush</a></h2><p>In 2014, Meghan told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Allure</a></em>, "We've used the same things during the past few seasons on <i>Suits</i>, and it's been great to have access to these really cool products and see what works. I love <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";" target="_blank">Nars blush in Orgasm</a>. I use it on and off camera because it gives you a nice glow from within.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>Mascara: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Diorshow Iconic</a></h2><p>Again, in 2014 Meghan shared with <em>Allure</em> that she always curls her lashes then coats them with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Diorshow Iconic</a> before heading out the door.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>Eyeliner: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";siteId=93xLBvPhAeE-SiZdxg4JE3soVzwVbwc0AA" target="_blank">M.A.C. Teddy eyeliner</a></h2><p>Meghan told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Allure</a></em> if she’s looking to glam things up she only reaches for M.A.C. eyeliner.</p><p>"If I'm going to amp it up for night, then I use <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";siteId=93xLBvPhAeE-SiZdxg4JE3soVzwVbwc0AA" target="_blank">M.A.C. Teddy eyeliner</a>, which is a really beautiful brown that has some gold in it,” she said. “A makeup artist I work with often, Kayleen McAdams, turned me on to it. It's what she uses on Sofia Vergara, and who wouldn't want those gorgeous brown almond eyes?"</p><p>To buy: <a href=";siteId=93xLBvPhAeE-SiZdxg4JE3soVzwVbwc0AA" target="_blank"></a>, $18</p><h2>Concealer: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=390098.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=8158&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank">Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Touche Éclat</a></h2><p>Meghan previously told <a href=";utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-xcH7.dgcxJpUnvFwsF_qMA" target="_blank">Birchbox</a> in an interview that <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=390098.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=8158&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank">Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Touche Éclat</a> is her best beauty secret.</p><p>"To open up your eyes, apply a highlighter like Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat in the inner corner — this trick is especially good when we are filming at 3 a.m. and I need to look bright eyed and bushy tailed,” she said.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=390098.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=8158&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank"></a>, $38</p><h2>Lip color: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1526732145&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=chapstick" target="_blank">ChapStick</a></h2><p>Yes, really, Meghan loves to keep her beauty look simple. As she noted to <em>Allure</em>, “I call it the five-minute face. It's just Touche Éclat, curled lashes, mascara, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1526732145&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=chapstick" target="_blank">ChapStick</a>, and a little bit of blush. "</p><p>To buy: <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1526732145&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=chapstick" target="_blank"></a>, $3</p>
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Kate Middleton Recycled the Perfect Outfit for the Royal Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:49
<p>On Saturday, all eyes may have been on <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a>, but for one split second Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, stole the show.</p><p>Middleton made her first public appearance since she gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis, on April 23. Yes, that means Middleton showed up to her brother-in-law’s wedding looking like a million bucks less than a month after giving birth.</p><p>At the wedding, Middleton wore a light yellow coat dress by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Alexander McQueen</a> (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">here's a similar one</a> you can actually buy now) and matching hat by Philip Treacy. She finished the outfit off with a pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";origin=keywordsearch&amp;keyword=jimmy+choo+shoes" target="_blank">Jimmy Choo shoes</a>.</p><p>The outfit was certainly stunning, but if it felt familiar that’s because it is. As <em>Wall Street Journal </em>fashion reporter Elizabeth Holmes noted on Twitter, Middleton has been seen in this exact outfit not once, but twice before.</p><p>“Kate wearing a dress she has worn TWICE before. Charlotte's christening and the Queen's birthday,” Holmes tweeted.<a href=""> </a>“Truly the nicest gesture she could show her now sister-in-law. Absolutely nothing to see here! Focus on the bride!”</p><img alt="Catherine Duchess of Cambridge "src=""><p>According to <em><a href="">People</a></em>, Middleton arrived alongside her two older children, <a href="" target="_blank">Prince George and Princess Charlotte</a>, who also each served as a page boy and bridesmaid respectively in the wedding. Middleton then took her seat next to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the ceremony at the front of the church.</p><p>She’ll simply have to wait to sit next to her husband Prince William as he was a bit busy playing best man to his brother Prince Harry. Though, something tells us Middleton is feeling absolutely fine about being able to attend a royal wedding without having to do a thing.</p>
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Meghan Markle Put Her Own Twist on the Queen's Crown Jewels

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:58
<p>Meghan Markle finally had <a href="" target="_blank">her princess moment</a>, and a tiara to match.</p><img alt="Meghan Markle Arrives At Windsor Castle Ahead Of Her Wedding To Prince Harry "src=""><p>On Saturday, Meghan walked down the aisle to marry her prince charming, Prince Harry. It was then that the world not only got its first glimpse of <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan in her wedding dress</a>, but also its first glimpse of the new royal in some borrowed Crown Jewels.</p><p>For the big day, the Queen lent Meghan the bandeau tiara, a piece that has grand significance in the royal family.</p><p>“The veil is held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entire brooch dating from 1893,” Kensington shared in a tweet.</p><p>Prior to Meghan and Harry’s wedding the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara had been seen with a sapphire as the center stone, but it appears Meghan chose to swap it out for a gigantic diamond for her big day.</p><p>The Art Deco design truly shined thanks to Meghan’s choice to wear a simple, understated, yet elegant A-line gown by Givenchy. And really, isn’t this day about letting her newly royal side shine?</p>
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Anthony Bourdain Woke up Early to Hate on the Royal Wedding — See His 'Grumpy' Tweets

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:42
<p>While the rest of the world was busy joyously <a href="" target="_blank">celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a>, Anthony Bourdain was busy raining on all of our parades.</p><p>On Saturday morning, the famed chef and television host woke up early to tweet, “I’m all for love, but if you are attending the royal wedding, I kind of automatically don’t like you.”</p><p>Perhaps it’s because Bourdain ate something bad last night, or because he was mad at not being invited, but somehow we don’t truly believe he feels this way about the royal wedding.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah Already Won the Royal Wedding so Everyone Can Go Home Now (Video)</a></p><p>After all, why would he wake up like the rest of us to watch Harry and Meghan say their vows?</p><p>Bourdain’s first tweet garnered thousands of comments and replies, with most of his fans calling him out for being in a bad mood.</p><p>In a second tweet, Bourdain clarified by adding, “Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just ...will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis.”</p><p>Fans appeared to like that response a bit better, with many agreeing that the only true royal was indeed the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.</p><p>So there you have it, Anthony Bourdain, man of the people, may say he doesn’t love the royal wedding, but we’d place bets he’s got his television tuned in just like the rest of us. Who knows, maybe their royal vows will make Bourdain shed one single, but very, very salty, tear.</p>
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See Meghan Markle's Stunning Wedding Dress From Every Angle

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:34
<p>On Saturday, <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle walked down the aisle</a> to marry her fiancé, Prince Harry.</p><p>In front of <a href="" target="_blank">hundreds of her friends and family</a>, along with millions around the globe, Meghan stepped out of her hotel and into a Rolls Royce next to her mother Doria in her custom-made wedding gown.</p><p>It was then that people got their first glimpse of Meghan in her long, white veil covering her pulled back and thoroughly regal hair, and the Queen’s diamond bandeau tiara adorning the top of her now-royal head. And it was then that the world got just a hint of her bateau neckline gown created by Givenchy.</p><p>“Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy,” Kensington Palace shared in a tweet.</p><p>Following her short drive from the hotel to Windsor Castle, Meghan stepped out of the car looking every bit the royal in her long-sleeved, A-line, silk gown. Her veil, which trailed for several feet behind the stunning bride, also came complete with a delicate lace detail.</p><p>According to Kensington Palace, Meghan thought it was important to have all “53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.”</p><p>In a <a href="">statement</a>, the palace noted that Meghan first met Keller in early 2018. Meghan chose the designer for “her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour. Ms. Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.”</p><img alt="US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. "src=""><img alt="US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. "src=""><p>Meghan reportedly worked very closely with the designer for the look of her dress, and truly, the love and effort put into the gown shows.</p>
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23 Sites to Help You Find the Best Deals on Flights, Hotels, and More

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:31
<p>Let's face it: <a href="" target="_blank">traveling can get expensive</a>.</p><p>When you factor in flights, hotels, transportation, food, and activities, planning a trip can become <a href="" target="_blank">overwhelming and stressful</a>. That's why we've put together a comprehensive guide to all the major travel deal sites for plane tickets, hotels and home rentals, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Whether you're searching for the cheapest ticket to Iceland or an affordable hotel near the beach, this list will help you through every stage of the planning process.</p><h2>Flight Deals</h2><p>Don't forget to track your flights.</p><h3>Airfarewatchdog</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Airfarewatchdog</a> has a team of people dedicated to personally selecting the best fares out of thousands of routes every day. Although the interface is not particularly intuitive and will take you to online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and Priceline when it's time to book, it's worth learning how to navigate the site to get these deals. You can look up tickets on your specific travel dates and destination if you already have a trip in mind — but if you're feeling extra spontaneous, you can find the day's top deals to anywhere in the world, or you can look up the cheapest flights from your nearest airport for the weeks and months ahead.</p><h3>Google Flights</h3><p>If you need to escape — and you’re not picky about where to — you can count on <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a> to help you select the most affordable ticket out of town. All you have to do is select your dates at the top of the page, click the map, and Google will show you how much it costs to fly to different cities around the world.</p><p>If you do have a particular destination in mind, Google not only offers you the best prices for your selected dates, it also suggests other days you can fly for cheaper — a great option for those who are flexible with timing.</p><h3>Hipmunk</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hipmunk</a> compares prices for plane and Amtrak tickets to wherever you’re heading. The site is simple to navigate: choose your destination and dates and Hipmunk will pull up all available flights (and train tickets), which you can then sort by price, duration, departure and arrival times, and agony (i.e. the number of connections you’d have to make, the expense, and how long it takes to get to your final destination). You can also filter for your preferred airline, airport, and fare class to help narrow down your search.</p><p>The site also gives you the option to book your hotel, rental car, or a vacation package based on your budget and travel needs.</p><h3>Hopper</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a> is an airfare forecasting app that analyzes historical data from trillions of flights and predicts the best dates to book for the most cost-effective trip. When you enter the details of your trip, Hopper will either suggest that you wait for prices to drop before buying your ticket, or it will tell you to go ahead and book. If you decide to wait, you can set up a price alert and Hopper will notify you when prices drop or start to rise.</p><h3>Kayak</h3><p>Although it doesn't track Amtrak prices like Hipmunk, <a href="" target="_blank">Kayak</a> is a fare aggregator that pulls together the best deals on flights, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages. When you search for plane tickets, Kayak allows you to filter your preferences down to the tiniest detail, giving you the most comfortable and convenient flight possible. Not only can you specify which airline, airport, and fare class you prefer, you can also filter for short flights, short (and long) layovers, red-eyes, flights with Wi-Fi, and even the type of aircraft you’ll be taking off in.</p><p>While you're there, you can also book your hotel, rent a car, buy a vacation package, and reserve your spot at nearby restaurants.</p><h3>Momondo</h3><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Momondo</a> helps you compare flights between different airlines and booking sites. You can search for flights by price, speed, and a combination of the two, adequately labeled "best." To find a flight most suited to you, you may also opt to filter for cabin, departure and arrival times, flight quality (e.g. red-eyes and layovers), airports, and airlines. There is also a price graph at the top of the page to give you a visual representation of the cheapest dates to fly if you're flexible.</p><h3>Priceline</h3><p>This OTA compares deals on hotels, car rentals, flights, vacation packages, and cruises. Whether you're searching for plane tickets or a car to rent for a weekend getaway, <a href="" target="_blank">Priceline</a> doesn't give you the option to be too picky about your preferences — but its simple interface makes finding the cheapest ticket as easy as possible.</p><h3>Skyscanner</h3><p>After you enter your destination, departure and return dates, and cabin class on the main page, <a href="" target="_blank">Skyscanner</a> will pull up a list of the best flight deals. In addition to filtering for number of stops, departure times, and airlines, you can also sort flights by price, flight duration, and "best," a handy combination of price and speed. And if you're having trouble deciding where to go, search for flights to "Everywhere" to find the lowest ticket prices to anywhere in the world. You can also search for hotels and car rentals while you're booking your tickets.</p><h3>Yapta</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Yapta</a> has partnered with Skyscanner, so you'll find a lot of similarities between the two sites. However, Yapta is just for booking flights. Once you log into the site, enter your destination city and travel dates, and Yapta will send you the best deals. You can then filter for price, times, airlines, and duration, and sort the flights to see your cheapest options first. As a bonus, if you've already purchased your ticket from <a href="" target="_blank">these major airlines</a>, make sure to send Yapta your flight details. If ticket prices fall below what you've already paid, Yapta will notify and you and you can get a refund.</p><h2>Hotels, Hostels, and Home Rentals</h2><h3>Airbnb</h3><p>Since launching in 2008, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> has become the go-to resource for renting a house, apartment, or room while on vacation. Pick your destination, dates, and number of guests who will be joining you, and Airbnb will offer a selection of homes to stay in. Airbnb allows you to filter your search by price, neighborhood, house rules (e.g. the space is pet-friendly), amenities, and property type (e.g. house, bed and breakfast, yurt, trailor, etc.), and to rent an entire home or book a private room.</p><p>Through Airbnb, you also have the option now to book experiences and restaurants for your trip. From surfing classes in Venice Beach to wine and cheese tastings in Paris, Airbnb is becoming the one-stop shop for all your travel needs.</p><h3></h3><p>Much like Hipmunk and Kayak, you can use <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to book flights and car rentals, but it's also great for snagging hotel deals. Among the many filtering options, this site allows you to search for hotels based on property rating (e.g. 5 star), price, review score, neighborhood, and distance from downtown. You can also filter for landmarks so you can choose a hotel within a certain radius of all your must-sees.</p><h3>HomeAway</h3><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">HomeAway</a> is similar to Airbnb: enter your destination city and dates, and HomeAway will offer a number of houses, apartments, and studios you can choose to stay in. Unlike Airbnb, however, most of the homes on the site are not shared house listings, so you can easily find a place all for yourself. The filters also give you even more options to choose from in terms of property type and location (think a chalet in the mountains or a houseboat on the canal). HomeAway also has a filter for nearby activities; whether you're into scuba diving or museums, the site will help you find a place close to the action.</p><h3></h3><p>Hostels are your best bet if you're traveling solo: not only do they give you the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and backpackers, you can also save money by booking a single bed in a dorm. On <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, you can search for hostels in your destination city by price, rating, and distance from the city center. If the idea of sharing a room with a bunch of strangers makes you uncomfortable, you can also narrow down your search by looking at hostels with individual rooms for couples, groups of friends, and solo travelers. And if you're still not sold on hostels, you can also search for bed and breakfasts, apartments, campsites, and even hotels on the site.</p><h3>Hostelworld</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hostelworld</a>, like, helps you find the best hostels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, apartments, and campsites in whichever city you're visiting. Once you enter your destination and check-in and check-out dates, you can sort your options by price, rating, and distance from the city center. You can also filter your search by the type of room you'd like to stay in (e.g. an individual room with a single bed, a female dorm room), payment options (e.g. credit card, Paypal), and facilities (e.g. free breakfast, luggage storage, 24 hour security).</p><h3>Jetsetter</h3><p>If you have five-star taste on a three-star budget, you can find great deals on luxury hotels on <a href="" target="_blank">Jetsetter</a>. Just search for hotels in your destination and Jetsetter will pull up the best discounts, which you can then book on travel aggregator sites like You can filter by neighborhood and the coolest amenities (like spas, golf courses, babysitting services), as well as by three <a href="" target="_blank">glamorous collections</a>: Royal, Posh, and Brilliant. If you're flexible on the destination, Jetsetter also offers exclusive deals on luxury hotels at up to 40% off; to score these deals, sign up for a free membership <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><h3>VRBO</h3><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a> is owned by the same company as HomeAway, and other than the web design, you won't find any difference between the two. Enter your destination city, dates, and number of guests, and VRBO will offer you a selection of available homes to rent. From bungalows and cottages to yachts and villas, you can filter your search to find a place suitable to you, whether your travels take you to the beach or the city.</p><h2>Car Rentals</h2><h3>Expedia</h3><p>Whether you're renting a car for a week-long visit to a far-off destination or you're road tripping from one end of the country to the other, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a> will round up the best deals on cars from different rental car companies. Enter your pick-up location (and drop-off, if applicable) and dates, and Expedia will send you a selection of cars to choose. Filter cars by car type (e.g. economy, SUV, sports car), price, and specifications (e.g. air conditioning, automatic transmission), and if you'd rather not have to go all the way to the airport to get your car, you can also select which neighborhoods you'd prefer to get the car from.</p><p>Expedia also provides deals on flights, hotels, cruises, vacation rentals, things to do, and packages — so you can finalize the details of the rest of your trip here as well.</p><h3>Orbitz</h3><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Orbitz</a> is owned by global travel company Expedia Group, so it shares many similarities to Expedia. You can find everything you need to plan a trip on the site: hotels, flights, vacation rentals, cruises, activities, and vacation packages. Head to the Cars section to find the best deal for your day trip outside the city or road trip down the coast.</p><h3>Travelocity</h3><p>Expedia Group also owns <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelocity</a>, so this OTA is a lot like Expedia and Orbitz. You can book your hotel, car rental, flights, cruise, and activities here, but the vacation packages are not to be missed. Travelocity will save you lots of money when you book your flight and hotel at the same time, and even more if you need a car rental.</p><h2>Cruises</h2><h3>Cruise Compete</h3><p>If you're anxious to escape town and go on a cruise, <a href="" target="_blank">Cruise Compete</a> will help you do that at an affordable price. Select your destination, the month you're planning to travel, cruise length, and cruise line, and Cruise Compete will work with more than 500 travel agencies to send you quotes on different cruises that match your preferences.</p><h2>Activities</h2><h3>Travelzoo</h3><p>Every week, <a href="" target="_blank">Travelzoo</a> searches over 2,000 companies to offer up the top 20 vacation packages around the world. If you're looking for something more specific, Travelzoo also organizes their vacation packages by trip type, including Beach, Family Friendly, Sports &amp; Adventure, Luxury, and European. The travel site also offers great deals on cruises, city-specific attractions and entertainment, and holiday weekend getaways.</p><h3>TripAdvisor</h3><p>You can book hotels, vacation rentals, flights, and restaurants on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>, but the travel aggregator also sells sightseeing tickets and passes, day trips and excursions, and tours. As you plan your trip, look up the city's top attractions to hit the must-see spots favored by travelers around the world, or filter for specific types of attractions — Nature &amp; Parks, Sights &amp; Landmarks, Museums — to experience the city the way you want. Filter options vary by section, so if you're researching tours, you can narrow your search even further by filtering for tour type (e.g. balloon tour, cultural tour), price range, and popular attractions; but if you're hoping to take in nature on your trip, you can filter for hiking trails, state parks, beaches, gardens, and more. </p><h3></h3><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> is owned by TripAdvisor, so it is similar in many ways, but the biggest difference is that you can only book tours and activities on the site — and over 60,000 of these attractions have been handpicked and pre-vetted to make sure you have the best possible experience. Those who don't have a particular destination in mind can head to the Deals &amp; Discounts section at the bottom of the main page; there you'll find a number of cities offering major deals on their top attractions and tours. However, if you've already got your plane tickets to San Francisco or Florence booked, look up the city on the main page's search bar. You can then filter for Deals &amp; Discounts and low-cost options in the Price Range sections on the left side of the page, and/or sort your options by price. also allows you to filter the attractions by activity duration and categories, such as shopping, day trips, theme parks, and walking tours.</p>
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Oprah Already Won the Royal Wedding so Everyone Can Go Home Now (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:28
<p>Early Saturday morning, guests began to arrive at the <a href="" target="_blank">wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a>. And though all were very important people, it was a surprise to many that the Queen of the United States showed up so early.</p><p>Yes, Oprah Winfrey, the unofficial royal of America (or perhaps the world) indeed attended the royal wedding, because why not?</p><img alt="Oprah Winfrey at Royal Wedding "src=""><p>At the wedding, Oprah wore a light pink Stella McCartney dress with lace edge detailing and an oversized cream hat, with a smattering of gray feathers on top. She looked every part the perfect <a href="" target="_blank">royal wedding</a> guest with matching light pink heels to match.</p><p>Though, according to her best friend Gayle King, Oprah almost caused an uproar by wearing white to the wedding.</p><p>Winfrey "had a little bit of a wedding emergency yesterday," King shared on CBS This Morning. She explained Oprah took her first look at her ensemble put together by another designer and realized it was rather white. So, Winfrey quickly changed designers and wore an outfit "whipped together" by designer Stella McCartney. Must be nice to have designers on speed dial, right?</p><p>According to <em><a href="">USA Today</a></em>, Oprah arrived along with Idris Elba and his fiancée, Sabrina Dhowre. No word yet on which side of the aisle, the bride’s or the groom’s, Oprah will sit on.</p>
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What to Do (and Wear) in Jamaica’s Coolest Beach Town

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:02
<p>Negril — a laid-back Jamaican coastal town — has everything you'd want from an idyllic island getaway.</p><p>There are long stretches of sandy beach lined with restaurants, bars, and vibrant street vendors; cliffside hotels and restaurants overlooking glittering Caribbean waters; and, of course, Bob Marley’s greatest hits playing around every corner. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of romance or partying, Negril can offer both.</p><p>Below, we round up the best things to do and what to wear for a perfect weekend in Jamaica’s coolest beach town.</p><h2>A Day of Swimming and Lounging</h2><img alt="what to wear jamaica "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em></p><p>Onia swimsuit, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195<br />Loup Charmant skirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $295<br />Gimaguas necklace, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $39<br />Le Specs sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70<br />Mila Moursi sunscreen, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $148<br />Roxanne Assoulin black and white bracelet, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $85<br />Roxanne Assoulin gold bracelet, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75<br />Kayu bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140<br />Ancient Greek sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $245</p><p>With its thatched-roof cottages with wraparound terraces perched atop rocky cliffs, <a href="" target="_blank">Rockhouse Hotel</a> looks like a Caribbean playground. Emily Ratajkowski recently paid a visit with her husband, and T+L readers voted it <a href="" target="_blank">the best hotel in Jamaica</a> in our 2017 World's Best Awards. That said, there’s no better day in Negril than one spent lounging outside of your cliffside bungalow, diving into the glittering waters beneath you.</p><p>Hungry? Head to the hotel’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Pushcart Restaurant &amp; Rum Bar</a> and enjoy the live reggae music and a traditional Jamaican menu. Another worthy stay is at Rockhouse Hotel’s newly opened sister property, <a href="" target="_blank">Skylark Negril Beach Resort</a>. The Skylark is a breezy, beachfront hotel with New York–favorite restaurant <a href="" target="_blank">Miss Lily’s</a> set to open on the property in June.</p><h2>A Night Out</h2><img alt="what to wear jamaica "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em></p><p>Elder Statesman cardigan, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,615<br />HVN dress, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $545<br />Hunza G swimsuit, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $165<br />Beck Jewels, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195 <b> </b><br />Nannacay bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $263<br />Kodak disposable camera, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $12<br />By Far sandals, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $397</p><p>Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Rick’s Café</a> for an entertaining dinner as you watch people cliff dive against the backdrop of one of the best sunset views in Negril. <a href="" target="_blank">Ivan’s Bar &amp; Restaurant</a>, another dinner spot, is popular among couples for its romantic, clifftop setting. If you’re looking to party, the <a href="" target="_blank">Jungle Night Club</a> is known as one of the best clubs in Negril.</p><h2>A Day of Shopping at Seven Mile Beach</h2><img alt="what to wear jamaica "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em></p><p>Ganni banana T-shirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80<br />Maryam Nassir Zadeh necklace, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $495<br />Saint Laurent sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $340<br />Galamaar swimsuit, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $279<br />Rejina Pyo bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $560<br />Ouai Sun of a Beach hair lightening spray, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $24<br />Isabel Marant skirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $580<br />Cornetti sandals, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250</p><p>Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Seven Mile Beach</a> for a day of shopping the local seafront shops and shacks that line Negril’s most famous sandy stretch. (Insider tip: remember to bargain!) Once you’re shopped out, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Bourbon Beach</a> for some live reggae and then to <a href="" target="_blank">Alfred’s</a> for a local catch lunch.</p>
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A Former Model and Her 7-year-old Son Are Dead After Apparently Jumping From Their NYC Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 17:19
<p>A 46-year-old woman identified by police as former <em>Playboy </em>model Stephanie Nicolai and her seven-year-old son are dead after apparently jumping out of a <a href="" target="_blank">midtown New York City</a> hotel.</p><p>They were pronounced dead at the scene around 8:30 a.m. Friday. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Witnesses told <em>NBC New York</em></a> that Nicolai jumped but it is unclear if she was holding her son or if he jumped of his own accord. Police believe the fatal jump took place around 8:12 a.m. </p><p>Law enforcement sources told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>NBC New York</em></a> that Nicolai, who posed in 1992 under the name Stephanie Adams, was involved in a custody battle with her husband. </p><p>Nicolai and her son had checked into the Gotham Hotel around 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. A hotel employee said they were staying in <a href="" target="_blank">the 25th floor penthouse</a>. Their bodies were found on the second floor balcony of the hotel Friday morning.</p><p>"It's crazy. I don't know what to say. Nothing (like this) has ever happened here," Ilir Krsniqi, a waiter at the hotel, <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>New York Daily News</em></a>. Krsniqi said he was sent home shortly after his shift started and that the restaurant will be closed for the remainder of the day.</p><p>The Gotham Hotel is a boutique hotel in midtown Manhattan with 67 rooms.</p><p>A police investigation is ongoing.</p><p>Nearby streets (East 46th St. and Fifth Avenue) have been closed while police investigate.</p>
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Disney World Just Made It Much Easier to Find Alcohol at Magic Kingdom

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 16:58
<p>Yes, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World</a> was already the Happiest Place on Earth, but the Magic Kingdom's latest announcement somehow just made it even happier — at least for adults.</p><p>On Saturday, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World announced</a> that three restaurants inside the Magic Kingdom will now be offering alcoholic beverages to guests 21 and over, meaning you can now drink at all sit-down restaurants in the park.</p><p>“Magic Kingdom Park guests ages 21 and over can now enjoy libations such as wine and beer at <a href="" target="_blank">The Plaza Restaurant</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">The Crystal Palace</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">The Diamond Horseshoe</a>,” the park said in a statement. </p><p>Disney added that the new drink offerings will be specially selected for each restaurant’s unique menu.</p><p>For example, The Plaza Restaurant will offer a selection of American beer and wine including “beverages such as a regional craft India Pale Ale which goes wonderfully with the Angus Chuck Cheeseburger.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 30 Best Drinks You Can Have at Disney World</a></p><p>Meanwhile, The Crystal Palace will offer guests a selection of sparkling wine mimosas with breakfast, and wines such as “Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to pair selections such as pasta or shrimp from the lunch and dinner buffets.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Bars at Disney World</a></p><p>And finally, at The Diamond Horseshoe guests can dig into “frontier food favorites with classic American beers and wines like a traditional lager style beer or a robust Pinot Noir, which pair well with the plentiful platter of BBQ pulled pork, sliced turkey, country smoked sausage, or braised beef.”</p><p>This news is a major change for Disney. As <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em> reported, the park had a strict no-alcohol policy dating back to its opening in 1971. And though guests can now sit back and sip on some adult beverages in Florida, they can’t in California as the no alcohol rule remains in place at Disneyland. Though, to be fair, adults can drink just across the street at its sister park, Disney California Adventure.</p><p>Still, maybe keep it to a one drink maximum before hopping on any roller coasters or stepping into a spinning teacup.</p>
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Puerto Rico Just Opened Its First New Hotel Since the Hurricanes

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 16:03
<p>It’s been five months since the Puerto Rico Tourism Company declared the island open for business after last summer’s storms. Now, more than 100 flights land daily at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport; Uber vehicles zip across the capital; and major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean International and Silversea, have returned to the port of San Juan. More than 140 hotels have reopened, as well as 4,000 restaurants – including San Juan favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">José Enriqué</a>, where a two-hour wait for a table isn’t uncommon. But perhaps the biggest sign of the capital’s bounce-back is the debut of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Serafina Beach Hotel</a>, the first new resort to open here since Hurricane Maria.</p><p>On Ashford Avenue, in San Juan’s Condado neighborhood, the 96-room boutique is the first hospitality project from Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato’s Serafina Restaurant Group, which operates restaurants all over the world, but is probably best-known stateside for their string of New York City restaurants. Three years ago, the partners opened Serafina restaurant’s first Caribbean outpost at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La Concha Renaissance Resort</a>, also in Condado. And when they were presented with the opportunity to set up shop inside the former San Juan Beach Hotel – one of the first beachfront hotels on the strip – they jumped at the chance.</p><p>“Puerto Rico is such a fantastic destination: there are so many flights from New York, it’s inexpensive to get here, you’re in the center of the Caribbean, and its 85 degrees year-round,” says Assaf, sipping a flute of the company’s private-label rosé in a poolside cabana. “For the last 10 years, it’s been our dream to open a hotel. This one took three years and $30 million to create. It’s about casual elegance, fun, and excitement. The idea behind the hotel is the same as Serafina restaurant’s motto: ‘Welcome home.’”</p><img alt="Serafina Hotel "src=""><p>The welcoming energy can be felt the minute you arrive at the hotel, which is one of few on the Avenida that offers a tantalizing view of the sea. Referencing the resort’s position between the crashing Atlantic and tranquil Condado Lagoon, the lobby is washed in soothing tones of blue and green, crowned with a cluster of pendant lamps suspended from the vaulted ceiling like a smack of multicolored jellyfish.</p><p>The aquatic theme continues in the rooms, where “surf lodge sleek” décor features soothing sandy tones punctuated with pops of seafoam and witty touches such as wall-mounted towel rail that mimics a pool ladder. The best rooms are the Ocean Terrace suites, each with a broad balcony overlooking the surf and the 50-foot oceanfront infinity pool.</p><p>On weekends, the pool deck is a hot spot for stylish <i>Sanjuañeros</i>, who lounge in $1,000 a day cabanas and dance to tunes spun by a DJ flown in from St. Barths. It’s the Caribbean with a Calvin Harris soundtrack—a bikinis-and-bottle service scene that is strictly for adults.</p><img alt="Serafina Hotel "src=""><p>Fans of the restaurant chain might be disappointed to learn that the eatery here isn't a Serafina (for that you’ll need to walk a few block up Ashford to La Concha). But the hotel's seafood-centere concept, aMare—which serves breakfast and lunch and is swiftly becoming one of the city’s hottest tables for dinner— is sure to satisfy. Your order: tuna sashimi tart and a so-fresh-it-almost-quivers octopus salad. </p><p>The lobby PiñaCo Bar and aMare shake up some of the finest cocktails we’ve ever enjoyed in the Caribbean. The signature Caribeño is a deconstructed piña colada (Puerto Rico’s national cocktail, invented here in the 1950s) made with local rum, washed with hand-pressed coconut oil, miso syrup and dehydrated pineapple, and garnished with a pair of pineapple stalks. It’s a thoroughly modern reinterpretation of a classic – and in that respect, an emblem of the hotel itself.</p>
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Meghan Markle Will Walk Down the Aisle Alone — and Then Be Joined by a Special Member of the Royal Family

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 14:53
<p>It’s official: Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle this Saturday for <a href="" target="_blank">her wedding to Prince Harry</a>.</p><p>It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Meghan and her family. In the beginning of May, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan’s father, <a href="" target="_blank">Thomas Markle</a>, would fly to London to be a part of his daughter’s wedding day and would be walking her down the aisle himself. However, after suffering a heart attack, Thomas backed out if his wedding duties.</p><p>“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” Meghan said <a href="" target="_blank">via a statement released by Kensington Palace</a>. “I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”</p><p>Since Thomas officially stated he would not attend the wedding many wondered who would step in to fill that role. And though most thought Meghan’s mother Doria would step in, on Friday, just one day before the wedding, it was announced that Prince Charles, Meghan’s future father-in-law, would instead do the job.</p><p>"Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her Wedding Day," Kensington Palace said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”</p><p>However, it’s key to note that Charles will not be giving Meghan away, nor will he be by her side during her entire walk down the aisle at St George’s chapel. Instead, <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em> explained, Meghan will enter the chapel alone, <a href="" target="_blank">alongside her tiny bridesmaids</a>, do a bit of the walk alone, and be met by Charles, who will then stand back as she approaches Prince Harry.</p><p>Meghan’s mother Doria will still be a big part of her daughter’s day and will be <a href="" target="_blank">spending the evening with her tonight</a> at a hotel outside Windsor before accompanying her in the car to the chapel tomorrow morning.</p>
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Here's Every Word of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Romantic Wedding Vows

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 12:59
<p>On Saturday, <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will finally say their royal vows</a>. And like Prince William and Kate Middleton did before them, Meghan and Harry will be saying their vows with a thoroughly modern twist.</p><p>In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton wed. At the time, <a href="" target="_blank">Kate chose to omit</a> the words “serve” and “obey” from her vows. And, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Order of Procession</a> released by the palace on Friday, Meghan will be doing the same.</p><p>According to the document, which was prepared and printed by the palace several weeks ago, Meghan’s vows will read:</p><p><i>“I MEGHAN, take you, HARRY, to be my husband, to have and to hold , from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.” </i></p><p>Prince Harry’s will mirror his bride’s.</p><p>Following their vows, the pair will exchange rings. Harry, this time unlike his brother William, has chosen to <a href="" target="_blank">accept and wear a ring from his bride</a>. At that time, Meghan will present her husband with a ring and say:</p><p><i>“HARRY, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” </i></p><p>Again, Harry’s words will mirror his bride’s.</p><p>And though these vows will certainly bring a tear to the world’s collective eye, what will perhaps make them even more emotional is the fact that they will be preceded by a reading of the Song of Solomon by The Lady Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana’s younger sister and Prince Harry’s aunt.</p><p>So long story short, have your tissues ready.</p>
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Inside the Scandalous Hotel Where Meghan Markle Will Spend the Night Before Her Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 12:01
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are just days away from walking down the aisle at the biggest wedding of the year. But, before they become husband and wife, they must spend one <a href="" target="_blank">last night apart</a>.</p><p>This Friday, Meghan and Harry are expected to spend the night before their wedding in different hotel rooms: Prince Harry at the <a href=",WherePrinceHarryandMeghanMarkleAreStayingtheNightBeforetheRoyalWedding,chenk,NEW,ART,683857,201805,I/" target="_blank">Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park</a> with his brother, Prince William, and Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, at the <a href=",WherePrinceHarryandMeghanMarkleAreStayingtheNightBeforetheRoyalWedding,chenk,NEW,ART,683857,201805,I/" target="_blank">Cliveden House</a>.</p><p>While each hotel is certainly glamorous enough for a royal, Meghan’s choice of accommodations also comes with a rather risqué backstory. The Cliveden House was built in 1666 by the Duke of Buckingham as a place specifically meant to <a href="" target="_blank">entertain his mistress and friends</a>.</p><p>Since its construction, the hotel has become well-known for its history of “unapologetic debauchery,” according to its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>“With a history of unapologetic debauchery, our Grade I listed stately home's most heinous of scandals shook the British parliament and played out on these very grounds,” it says on the site.</p><p>“The year was 1961. While the Cold War was slowly chilling British politics, Cliveden House was engulfed in a sultry summer of sweltering heat. Cooling off in the now famous outdoor pool, was Christine Keeler, a nineteen year old mistress of a suspected Russian spy.”</p><p>As the site further noted, while attending a mid-summer bash thrown by the hotel’s then owner Lord Astor, the young woman – and potential spy – began a torrid affair with John Profumo, an “up-and-coming Conservative Secretary of State for War and husband of well-known actress, Valerie Hobson.”</p><p>The affair forced Profumo to resign his post and, “irrevocably damage the Prime Minister's reputation, and impact on the course of British politics forever.”</p><p>So yeah, perhaps not the best vibe for your pre-wedding dreams.</p><p>But, even with the hotel’s raucous party history, we’re certain Meghan will have a restful night’s sleep, especially if she books the hotel’s private <a href="" target="_blank">Spring Cottage</a>.</p><p>The cottage, which can sleep up to six people in its three luxurious bedrooms and is available from $2,793 per night, is set right on the banks of the River Thames. There, the soon-to-be bride can relax in the deep soaking tub, read a book in the small nook library, sit by the fire with her mom for some girl talk, and cook a delicious (and <a href="" target="_blank">likely very healthy</a>) last meal as a single, non-royal woman in the chef’s kitchen. She can also sit out in the cottage’s garden to watch the sun go down. In the morning, Meghan can then choose to leave via the cottage’s private River Thames boat launch.</p><p>If for some reason Meghan chooses to be among the commoners at the hotel, she could decide to take part in its <a href="" target="_blank">afternoon tea</a>, or visit its <a href="" target="_blank">well-appointed spa</a> for a treatment, massage, or spend a little time doing laps in the pool.</p><p>While all this certainly sounds stellar, let’s all just hope Meghan doesn’t meet a mystery man in the hotel gardens and starts up another torrid English affair.</p><p>If you're looking for your own dose of scandal and intrigue, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">rooms start at $349 per night</a>.</p>
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The Best Way to Tour the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland Is by Boat

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 11:02
<p>I touched down in in Amsterdam on a rainy Sunday morning, with every intention of wandering the city that afternoon. But as a bracing wind carried me up the gangplank of the luxe <em>Crystal Bach</em>, my home on the Rhine River for the next few nights, I decided this was more the kind of weather for staying indoors and curling up with a good book. Or, in my case, sitting down to a buffet lunch of country pâtés with plum chutney, artichoke salad with black-truffle vinaigrette, and the most heavenly Dutch cheese soup, cut with cherry water to add a little sweetness. Who needed Amsterdam?</p><p>Why, I asked myself, had I not done more river cruises? In recent years, this style of travel has exploded in popularity, in no small part because whether you’re on the Danube, the Mekong, or the Amazon, the ships are always intimate and they hit a lot of ports, sometimes two in a day. Multiple companies have launched recently to focus on this type of cruising, including Crystal River Cruises, an offshoot of the award-winning ocean line.</p><p>The <em>Bach </em>quickly quashed any fears I had about choosing a ship over a hotel, particularly in Europe, where the standards for design and food are so high. The ship marries world-class amenities—a swimming pool, an indulgent glass of Château d’Yquem—with ever-changing views and the pleasures of drifting down the Rhine. Launched in 2017, the <em>Bach </em>feels like a floating boutique property. So do its sister ships, <em>Debussy</em> and <em>Ravel</em>, both of which debuted this spring; <em>Mahler</em>, inaugurated last year; and <em>Mozart</em>, which first set sail in 2016. The cabins across all five vessels are sleek and minimalist, in a crisp white-and-gray color scheme accented by pops of emerald and amethyst.</p><img alt="River Suite Deluxe on the Crystal Bach "src=""><p>The Petite Suites, sized at 188 square feet, are best for solo travelers, while the River Suite Deluxe cabins, which start at 237 square feet, are ideal for couples. Thoughtful details like a walk-in closet and a rainfall shower operated with a push of a button made my River Suite Deluxe feel extra sumptuous. For those who want to stay in their own floating apartment, the one- and two-bedroom suites have sitting rooms with ambient fireplaces.</p><p>The <em>Bach</em>, which holds 106 passengers, does 14-night sailings between Amsterdam and Frankfurt, stopping in both large cities like Antwerp, Belgium, and small ports like Rudesheim, Germany, famous for its medieval Old Town and Christmas market. Nearly all river-cruise lines offer complimentary excursions, and Crystal is no exception, taking you to places like the Rubens House, Peter Paul Rubens’s art-filled 17th-century palazzo in Antwerp, and the Netherlands’ Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the world’s second-largest collection of van Goghs.</p><p>That said, where Crystal really stands out from the competition is on the ship. After a long day in port, the first thing that greets you on the third deck of the <em>Bach</em> is a charming café offering French-press coffee and shaken Zotter hot chocolate—not to mention apple strudels and sandwiches. Toward the bow is the Palm Court lounge, crowned by a honeycomb-like glass ceiling that lets daylight flood the space. In the evening, I would go there to drink a glass of Grüner Veltliner and admire the lights onshore.</p><img alt="Waterside restaurant detail on the Crystal Bach ship "src=""><p>Downstairs, on the first deck, is the main dining room, Waterside. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and leather banquettes, the space transitions beautifully from casual buffet-style breakfasts and lunches to more formal dinners, where you can feast on forest-mushroom tart and slow-braised lamb shank. What’s more, Crystal sources the freshest ingredients in port and never dishes up the same thing twice on a sailing. (Unless you ask: after I fell hard for the beef carpaccio with shaved truffles my first night, the kitchen served it to me again.)</p><p>And then there’s the wine. Passengers can choose from 25 complimentary pours by the glass, with a strong focus on Germany and Austria. For true oenophiles, it’s worth the extra $356 per person to book the Vintage Room, the ship’s private dining space for up to 12 people. It was there, during a seven-course dinner, that I sipped that glass of Château d’Yquem, which came paired with a dark chocolate mousse. It followed a broiled turbot accompanied by a Riesling from Prager, a boutique Austrian winery I’d discovered years earlier. Families and couples who have become friends on previous sailings often book the Vintage Room. On a ship this size and this well appointed, it’s easy to get comfortable with one another. <em>14-night sailings from $5,685 per person all-inclusive.</em></p>
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The Wedding Gift Donald Trump Will Likely Give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 09:00
<p>President Donald Trump may <a href="" target="_blank">not be invited to the royal wedding</a> this Saturday, but that likely doesn’t mean he won’t be sending a gift. A rather specific gift, that is, if history repeats itself. </p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">InStyle</a></em>, America has a grand tradition of sending off what could be the most boring royal wedding gift of all time: a bowl. Yes, a bowl.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Watch the Royal Wedding — and What Time to Tune In</a></p><p>However, these aren’t just any old salad bowls bought off a registry at Bed Bath &amp; Beyond. These are Steuben glass bowls worth thousands of dollars.</p><p>As<em> InStyle</em> explained, the tradition of giving newly minted royal couples glass bowls dates all the way back to Harry Truman, who gifted then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip a Steuben “Merry-Go-Round Bowl” in 1947 for their wedding.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em> also reported that Nancy and Ronald Reagan gave Princess Diana and Prince Charles a $75,000 engraved Steuben glass bowl for their wedding 1981. However, Nancy didn’t pay retail — instead <a href="" target="_blank">she reportedly snagged it</a> for a mere $8,000 using State Department funds.</p><p>So, because of this glass bowl tradition, one can only assume Donald and Melania will be ordering one and sending it off to <a href="" target="_blank">Kensington Palace</a> any day now.</p><p>Of course the Americans aren’t the only ones who often give the royals some rather odd wedding gifts. The mayor of London, who gave Kate and William a tandem bicycle, said at the time, "I look forward to seeing the newlyweds on tandem wheels as they start their new life in Anglesey." <em>InStyle</em> also noted that Gandhi gifted Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip a small woven cloth for their big day, which the Queen mistook for a loincloth. </p><p>Though maybe world leaders will get hip to the young royals' game and <a href="" target="_blank">give to charity</a> instead of sending a physical gift.</p><p>In April, Harry and Meghan asked the public to not send gifts, but to give to one of their favorite organizations if they felt so inclined.</p><p>“Prince Harry &amp; Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, &amp; have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,” a tweet from Kensington Palace read at the time.</p><p>The charities, the palace added, represent “a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV, and the Armed Forces.” And really, isn’t giving $75,000 to charity a little better than sending a glass bowl anyway?</p>
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How More Airlines Are Eliminating Gate Agents and Letting Passengers Board Themselves

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 08:14
<p>It’s not unlikely there will be a time when you’ll be able to go to the airport, check in, pass through security, and board your flight without ever having to speak to another human being.</p><p>More and more airlines are testing facial-scanning programs that allow passengers to board themselves, without having to interact with a gate agent.</p><img alt="New facial recognition technology "src=""><p>The process starts as soon as passengers enter the airport. At kiosks near the baggage drop, passengers scan their boarding pass, passport, and finally their face. A gate opens up and passengers are then able to proceed to security. After security, and after reaching their gate, passengers must once again scan their boarding pass and take a picture of their face. Once their identity has been verified, they sit and wait for the boarding call. Then it’s straight onto the aircraft.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the <em>Telegraph</em></a>, British budget airline easyJet just introduced the service at Gatwick Airport, and this is the first time it is being used on international flights from the U.K.</p><p>Earlier this year, British Airways began testing the facial scanning program at Orlando and Los Angeles airports. The airline will soon introduce similar systems at New York JFK and Miami airports. Self-boarding allows the airline to board 240 passengers in 10 minutes, <a href="" target="_blank">the airline said in a statement</a>. The technology can supposedly cut the time passengers wait to board in half.</p><p>The service is not wholly human-free, however. Airline staff are on hand to help with any technical issues that may pop up from using the kiosks.</p><p>Last year, <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue launched a self-board test at Boston Logan</a>. <a href="" target="_blank">Delta tested a facial-scanning baggage drop</a> at Minneapolis airport around the same time.</p>
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Get 30% off Three-Night Stays at A New Five-Star Hotel in St. Barts

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 07:56
<p>St. Bart’s: 30 percent off a three or more night stay at the new <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Manapany</a>, a high-style eco-hotel on the quiet Anse des Cayes Beach. The airy villas and suites feature ocean views, playful pops of color, and tropical wood furnishings. </p><p>Manapany Summer Cool Down includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in an Ocean Deluxe room (upgrades available)American breakfast every morning of your stayTransfers to and from the airport<p>Original Price: From 550 euros (or $654 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From 385 euro (or $458 per night); book by July 15 for travel through December 23, 2018. </p><p>Booking details: Book over the phone (+ 590 590 27 52 12 ) or <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> with code T+L2018</p><p>Availability: Based upon availability. Blackout dates include Thanksgiving weekend.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at This Adults-Only Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 07:43
<p>Mexico: 30 percent off at the new <a href="" target="_blank">Reef 28</a>, a sophisticated adults-only resort near the bustling Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen. </p><p>Travel + Leisure Promotion includes:</p>One or more nights in a Junior or Master Suite<em> </em>All meals and beverages at select restaurants. Early check-in and late check-out based on availability<p>Original Price: From $135 per person per night, double, all-inclusive.</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $95 per person per night, double, all-inclusive; book by July 31 for travel through June 30, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: For reservations, enter the following <a href=";currency=USD&amp;aDate=&amp;dDate=&amp;showcalendar=Y&amp;showmon=01-JUL-18&amp;PC=TRY70120" target="_blank">link</a> or email <a href=""></a> and ask for the Travel + Leisure promotion.</p>
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